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Unless otherwise noted, UIC Scholarships does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. For questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.



The Clunker Junker is famous for offering cash for cars, but they are offering cash for your college, too. The Clunker Junker is accepting scholarship applications from women who are interested in careers in automotive technology (mechanics, auto body, engineers, etc).

The Law Office of Julie Johnson is offering the Julie Johnson Scholarship to assist a female law students in pursuit of a law degree.

Current undergraduate and high school students who identify as a minority or woman who are interested in technology, computer science and engineering may apply for the Perlego Future Leaders in Tech Scholarship.

Tacuna Systems is excited to announce their new “Women in Engineering Empowerment Scholarship”.Women are still very much under-represented in STEM fields both in higher education and in industry. Their goal is to help equip a female student overcome this gender gap by offering a scholarship toward her studies in science, technology, engineering, or math.



Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship  Designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. The 2014 scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 with up to $30,000 being disbursed. To be eligible, the applicant must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area (all Illinois counties except: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and attend any accredited post-secondary educational facility.

National AIDS Memorial Grove Young Leaders Scholarship Program  Awards up to $2,500 to college undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership in HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.



The Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Foundation’s Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship is for women undergraduate and graduate students majoring in journalism, marketing, public relations, or similar field. Students must have an interest in the sports and entertainment industry. (Additional deadline in June)

Fund for Education Abroad: Rainbow Scholarship Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks.

Point Scholarships The Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Awarded on a "last provider" basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to secure as much outside funding as possible.

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants looks to support empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender family therapy. Graduate students may apply.



Intelligence Bank Digital Asset Management is providing support to women interested in a career in marketing. High-achieving students studying marketing, commerce, economics, or any IT related field are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The Joe Durham Scholarship is for incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students who identify as women. Applicants must be pursuing a degree related to STEM, business, and/or law.

The Tobi Cares Scholarship was established to help inspire the next generation of young women to pursue higher education, leadership, and of course, personal style.

The TransgenderFirst Scholarship is the first national scholarship to solely support transgender students on their journey to graduation with financial support. Incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

Zillion’s Women in STEM Scholarship offers support to incoming and undergraduate female students pursuing higher education in the following areas: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.



The Soroptimist International of the Americas Midwestern Region sponsors the Virginia M. Wagner Educational Award. Women students in pursuit of a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree are eligible to apply.

The Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship assists LGBTQIA women of color who have shown an activist spirit and want to pursue a college degree. Prospective, current undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to low-income women students over the age of 35. Applicants must be pursuing an associate degree or first bachelor’s degree.



American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship  Various scholarships for current students and opportunities for college students who are primarily atheist LGBTQ and interested activism.

Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award  The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship is an annual fund awarding up to $1000 per award to selected graduate students to advance research on the psychology of bisexuality. This new award recognizes the growing importance of research on bisexuality to the field of LGBT issues in psychology and offers concrete support and encouragement to emerging scholars in this field. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourages future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $750 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $10,000 individual grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists(through age 20).

Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award It is a fund that annually awards up to $1000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.

The Muslim Women’s Alliance Scholarship is designed to empower women and to allow them to become self-sufficient. Applicants must be pursuing an Associate’s degree, a first Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing technical or vocational training at an accredited school.

The Red Thread Foundation for Women offers financial assistance to women students who are foreign students, immigrants, or first-generation Americans. Applicants must be incoming, first-year undergraduate students.



The American Association of University Women’s Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship is offered to women who are at least 26 years old and are within a year of completing their associate degree or are a junior in a bachelor’s degree program. Applicants must reside or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane Counties in Illinois.

The American Association of University Women’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship is awarded to women enrolled in a STEM bachelor’s degree program with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must have junior status and reside or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane Counties in Illinois.

Gammu Mu Foundation Scholarships Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen.

LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship supports high school seniors who identify as a LGBTQIA community member with financial support to continue their education.

Toptal wants to empower the next generation of female CEO’s, founders, and world leaders by offering a scholarship along with a year of mentorship from an expert in your field of interest. Applicants are asked to think hard and create a plan to bring their ideas to life along with creating a synthesized blog post about their plan/ideas.

The Wayne F. Placek Grants is a grant that hopes to support research in heterosexual attitudes and behaviors towards LGBT people, family and workplace issues related to LGBT people, and historically underrepresented research that has an impact on LGBT communities. Graduate or Doctoral students may apply.



The 1000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for college-aged women throughout the United States. The intention is to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition.

Brown & Caldwell is a consulting firm which offers five (5) diverse scholarships in areas, such as STEM focused and LGBTQIA scholarships. Undergraduate junior, senior, and graduate students may apply.

The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Full-time undergraduate junior, seniors, and graduate students may apply.

The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting supports the advancement of women in the accounting profession through the funding of education, research, career literature, publications and other projects. Incoming and current undergraduate students may apply.

To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Empaxis is supporting scholarships to assist women with their educational expenses. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in pursuing education in business or entrepreneurship.

The Hartford Technology Rental Company is offering current students who are engaged in the study of information technology and have a focus on mobile technology a scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistant to students at the Junior and Senior level who are concentrating in the study of information technology.

Jean Paul Ohadi Foundation The JPO Foundation was formed to help organizations aid in the treatment, education, support and understanding of Bipolar disorder and against society's prejudice against his sexual orientation. Each year the PFLAG Deerfield Chapter has helped in the selection of young people who have submitted evidence of their academic achievement and their involvement in the LGBTQ community. Must be Illinois resident and undergraduate.

LEAGUE Foundation offers various scholarships to college bound students who identify themselves as a LGBTQIA community member.

OPALGA Scholarship Program The $2,000 OPALGA award is available to students who are planning to work with and advocate for the LGBT community. Scholarships are open to graduates of area high schools: Oak Park River Forest High School, Proviso East, Proviso Math & Science, Morton East & West High Schools, Elmwood Park High School, Steinmetz Academic Centre, Fenwick High School, Lyons Township High School or Trinity High School. Women in Engineering Scholarship is offered to students who identify as female and are majoring in engineering. Incoming and undergraduate students may apply. Women in Science Scholarship is offered to students who identify as female. Applicants must major in any of the sciences. Incoming and undergraduate students may apply. Women in STEM Scholarship is offered to students who identify as female and are pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.



The AWMF/NCTA- The Internet and Television Association Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student to create an original piece (essay, digital short, video, animation or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels.

NWSA Women’s/Gender Studies Student Scholarships and Awards Lesbian Caucus Scholarship The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project that resonates with the mission of NWSA and the goals of the Lesbian Caucus.

The annual QuantHub Women in Data Science Scholarship is offered to women pursuing a degree related to data science (business analytics, statistics, computer science). Incoming, undergraduate, and graduate students may apply.

The WomenIn Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students with a career interest in art, animation, programming, and engineering. Applicants must identify as women.



ABC Wildlife is introducing a scholarship designed to increase the number of women studying and influencing the future of science, including technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund  Recognizes African American lesbians making significant contributions to their communities. Must be an African American lesbian who is 40 years old or older attending any technical, undergraduate or graduate school located in the United States GPA 3.0 or higher.

The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation Education Scholarship is for incoming and current undergraduate women students interested in a career in the automotive industry. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships Funds scholarships for LGBTQ or ally students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics related fields.

The Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Foundation’s Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship is for women undergraduate and graduate students majoring in journalism, marketing, public relations, or similar field. Students must have an interest in the sports and entertainment industry. (Additional deadline in November)

The purpose of the Grace Scholarship is to provide supplemental financial assistance to those who are pursuing higher education. Incoming undergraduate students who are single mothers may apply.

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community.

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus encourages and promotes the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues. Graduate students may apply.

Out To Innovate™ Scholarship was designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ students in STEM careers. Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may apply.

Ruth Benedict Book Price Competition The Ruth Benedict Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic.

True&Co. invites women to apply for their #thefutureisfemale scholarship. Applicants should be enrolling in college, enrolled in college, or have graduated from college with a 3.0 GPA or above.


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Committee on LGBT History  The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and queer history; prize descriptions are below. Calls for prizes are announced in the early summer of each year; submissions are due to prize committee members in the fall. The prizes are awarded each year in early January at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations Two $5,000 scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The awards will be granted on a competitive basis for the best use of the visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact residents of low-income communities, U.S. racial/ethnic minorities, the Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual/Transgender community and other populations that have significantly higher than average smoking prevalence rates.


Human Rights Campaign works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights

UIC Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) (GSC) provides students with dynamic programming and resources around gender identity sexual orientation and their intersections with other identities in education and resources. provides listings of more national and local LGBTQ scholarships, in addition to other campus resources.

Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory an online directory of local LGBTQ services.